Welcome to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

  • ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

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Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

1952: Inventor Edward Hebern died.

Monday, February 10, 2020
1952: Inventor Edward Hebern died.

10 February 1952: Edward Hebern, who developed an electric coding and decoding machine, died.

The Hebern machine frequently attracts attention at the Museum. Hebern's invention were the first to embody the wired rotor principle of encipherment. His first rotor machine, pictured here, was made of solid brass and employed a single rotor that worked in conjunction with an electric typewriter. The machine was made before 1920 in Hebern's machine shop in Oakland, CA.

A bit of trivia for you - guess where Mr. Hebern was when he came up with the idea of his electric rotor machine......according to folkore, he was in prison for horse thievery!

The National Cryptologic Museum has two very rare five-rotor Hebern cipher machines in its collection. The Hebern Electric Company built what is acknowledged to be the first five-rotor cipher machine in the 1920's (a number of others were designed independently about the same time). Although this machine was never widely manufactured or used, it is cryptologically significant as part of the overall evolution in U.S. manufactured rotor devices. We believe these two five-rotor machines are the only two that have survived. Financial assistance to acquire the Heberns came from an anonymous donor.

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About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.